A home breaker, an opportunist, the other woman, ‘chaalbaaz’, and what not? All for falling in love and getting married, albiet with a married man, who happened to be a father of two kids.
That’s none other than Sridevi for you, one of the most beautiful and talented actress-cum-dancers to have ever graced Indian cinema.
However, when the history of Bollywood would be written, Sridevi would sadly be remembered not only for her spontaneous expressions and mesmerizing eyes, but also for her personal life, and why not? It was she herself, who chose to be remembered for it when she took the bold step of marrying Boney Kapoor, then husband of Mona Shourie Kapoor and father to 11-year old Arjun and a much younger Anshula.
What can be said and written about her that hasn’t already been said or written, but theirs is a story that has everything to it, and thus, can never be repeated too many times!
Born to a Tamil father and Telugu mother, Shree Amma Yanger, now known as Sridevi, was aware of the terms like ‘second marriage’ and ‘stepmother’ from an early life, having two step-brothers from her father’s previous marriage. In cinema, she started out really young, but award-winning nonetheless.
It was only after she had joined Bollywood and established herself as a leading actress that she met Boney Kapoor, the producer, and elder brother to Anil Kapoor, her co-actor in several movies. Boney, who was then happily married to Mona, lived in a joint family, the head of which was his father, film producer Surinder Kapoor.
However, Boney was not the first man, not even the first married man, to whom Sridevi had lost her heart to. She was said to be in a relationship with superstar Mithun Chakraborty who was married to Yogeeta Bali. The two even got married secretly, some people believe because their alleged marriage certificate did the rounds of media for a few days.
The marriage, or the relationship at least, wouldn’t last too long and a dejected Mithun was to go back to his wife and kids sometime later, courtesy Boney Kapoor.
Boney would later recall falling in love with Sridevi the very moment that he met her to cast her for the role of Seema, the good-hearted blabbering journalist in the 1987 film Mr. India. Boney was producing the film with Anil as the main lead.
Once the shooting started, the love was expressed in the form of perks on the sets, with an exclusive vanity van and Sridevi, like any other young woman, started to feel special.
However, it is said that her then ‘rumored’ husband Mithun Chakraborty had raised the hue and cry over these alleged favors, and if rumors are to be believed, made her tie a rakhi to Boney, asking her to think of him as a brother.
Talking of brothers and sisters, it was Kapoor’s wife Mona who took Sridevi in as a sister, people say, inviting her to live in their house till the rumors died down, only to lose Boney to her later on.
Soon before anyone knew it, Sridevi was pregnant with Boney’s child and they decided to get married to save the child the ridicule of being born out of a wedlock, but the patriarch of the Kapoor family, Surinder Kapoor took offense and how.
He straight away asked Boney to leave the family home and go someplace else, allegedly declaring that from then on, Mona was his daughter.
Arjun and Anshula, too young to understand what all was happening, must have clutched their mother’s hands and stood in a corner, unaware and unperturbed!
A few months later, Sridevi gave birth to Janhvi Kapoor, and bid goodbye to Bollywood for a long time. She made a comeback with the critically acclaimed movie English Vinglish (2012), playing a mother of two. She is playing the role in her real life as well, having given birth to her second daughter Khushi in 2000.
Mona meanwhile, reached heights in her career as the CEO of the famous Future Studios and made many friends in Bollywood, a special one in Shabana Azmi, who flew out to the US for Anshula’s graduation.
Mona missed it, having succumbed to cancer days before Arjun was to make his silver screen debut with Ishaqzaade (2012).
Strangely, both Boney and Sridevi were very much a part of her last journey, paying their respects to the lady who lost her husband and the father of her kids but earned everyone’s respect for her dignity.
Years later, Sridevi is today seen on the silver screen, gracing reality shows and acting for convincing roles in Bollywood and an award ceremony now she has regular screen appearances. Boney, who has always been camera shy, mended his relationship with Arjun and Anshula, with the former starring in his father’s production, Tevar (2015).
Janhvi, on the other hand, is all set to make her debut with Dhadak, opposite Shahid Kapoor’s debutant brother, Ishaan Khattar.
Well this is how relationships are and life goes on… things can change if we as a family can come closer to each other in times of needs, this is what we have learned from this puzzled story of one of the famous Bollywood family who has earned respect for being there for each other in times of need!
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